As you know, american officials moving right now to protect the more than 9,000 men and women in the u.S. Foreign service. So many of them braving dangers abroad. The names of their fallen comrades... See More
As you know, american officials moving right now to protect the more than 9,000 men and women in the u.S. Foreign service. So many of them braving dangers abroad. The names of their fallen comrades will be etched on a wall at the state department and today president obama paid his respets there and secretary clinton spoke with fierce passion about their service. Tonight abc's jon karl has more about those who died. Reporter: War was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. Ambassador chris stevens fully embraced one of the most dangerous diplomatic missions in the world. My name is chris stevens and I'm the new u.S. Ambassador to libya. He risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. Reporter: John mccain was with the ambassador when libya celebrated the first free elections. Chris stevens was one of the finest men I've known in my life. Reporter: Today on the streets of benghazi, the libyan people grieved for a friend. One sign saying, sorry people of america. It's especially tragic he skied in benghazi. It's a city he helped to save. Reporter: Three other americans died with the ambassador including sean smith in libya on a brief assignment. He was a father to two young children, samantha and nathan. They will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country. Reporter: Two others still unnamed americans died as well. Diplomats who gave their lives representing the united states of america. All over the world, every day, america's diplomats and development experts risk their lives, because they believe that the united states must be a force for peace and progress in the world. Joan than karl, abc news, washington. Now for the bigger picture we turn to christiane amanpour who reported from this region for year, one os p front loointds for years during the arab spring. What do you know about whether is al qaeda. Clearly intelligence and security forces are looking i that. We don't know and I've been cautioned not to say it is al qaeda yet. They're still looking for exact wloi is responsible. And today we were struck by something secretary of state clinton said. I think a lot of americans have been saying the same thing. How could this happen? Show posed this question if a country we helped liberate? What does this say now about americans in this region? I can imagine so many americans feel really desperate wondering precisely that question. The good new, diane, if there can be any in this, second clinton said this say small and savage group, they did not represent the libyan people or government. Polls bear that out. Majority of libyans and government support the united states. Libyan officials were very fast off the mark to contempt it, to call it criminal, cowardly to praise ambassador stevens and a prom, that they would work with the united states to track down, hunt down and bring these killers to justice. As martha reported libyans terrorized the ambassador.
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